Posted by: dollpaparazzi | December 26, 2011

Customizer Spotlite: Shin — Kanojo Kakumei Aesthetics Part II

Have you ever refused a commission? Why? Or if not, can you think of a circumstance where you might?
Yes, once, when a customer asked me to replicate someone else’s face up. I refused because to copy someone else’s job is against my own ethics.

Is there something that is still difficult for you to do? What is the most difficult?
Yes, lower lashes!! They’re really hard to do and I’m still searching for my own style.

How important is customer feedback to your creative process?
Very important! Customers are everything and I like discussing the process with them.

Is there a mold, doll, or company that you prefer to work on?
Soom and Iplehouse! I love their feautures.

What is your background? Have you had any special schooling (art school, sculpture, painting, etc)?
I’m self-taught, I learned from practice, practice and more practice…

When you were a child did you ever work on dolls or create with similar things?
Yes! I used to paint my Barbies and cut their hair! I wanted them to be different.

Do you have any other interests? Collections?
I enjoy different kinds of dolls, but don’t collect them – I just have one or two!

What factors do you consider before giving a doll its make-up so it will have the expression you want?
The main points are facial features, but I also take into account the eyebrow and mouth shape. They frame everything!

Are there any painting techniques that can make a face look more masculine or feminine?
Yes! The eyebrows and eyelashes are decisive (use too long eyelashes on a manly man and you kill him!).

How long does it usually take to do a face-up (or custom alteration job)?
A week or two.

Can you offer any helpful hints to the amateur face-up artists? Can you recommend a list of supplies including colors, paints & pastels etc?
Keep trying even if you fail, don’t give up!! And, of course, use high quality materials because they make the difference. I’m very careful with brushes, for example.

Do you have a favorite medium you like to work with when not creating for BJDs in your spare time?
Drawing, I’d say.

How long have you been doing face-ups/customizing BJDs?
I have been working on BJDs since February, 2010.

What is your biggest inspiration for your face-ups and customizations?
A challenge!

Do you have any tips you’d like to share for people that want to learn how to do what you do or just want to improve? Something that’s helped you a lot or something that you think is important to know when doing a successful customization/face-up?
Just practice and don’t give up! It took me a year for me to like my own face ups!

Thank you so much for the interview, Shin! It was great getting to know you.


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